Aquaman “Pilot” (part 2 of 11)
The show starts off with voiceover narration, often a bad sign. “My son’s story,” a woman says, “begins in the ocean, a place full of secrets.” She goes on about the beauties and dangers of the ocean, over murky stock footage of seahorses, schools of goldfish (hey, there’s Nemo!), hammerhead sharks, and a Portuguese man o’ war. So far, this is as involving as an Earth Science filmstrip.
But there’s something oddly familiar about the tenor of this woman’s voice. And then it hits you: she sounds exactly like Annette O’Toole. It’s the same friendly, two-packs-a-day huskiness that keeps Martha Kent sounding so maddeningly grounded all the time on Smallville. In fact, the first time I watched this I was sure it was Annette O’Toole, and that Aquaman was going to somehow turn out to be Clark’s long-lost stepbrother. (If only the ideas behind this show were even as creative as that.)